Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

Attempts to resolve the Quandary:


When I arrived one hour late to our meeting, Simon greeted me with the contumelious accusation that my that my study of horology did me no good—that if I considered this pursuit as a remedy for my chronic tardiness, it was at best a nostrum—but he was flummoxed when I insisted that my archaic timepieces have indeed been a reliable cure... that is, they have helped me to be prompt in missing the better part of many undesirable appointments. (by Rudi)


To measure the time I spent pondering this in mere horology would simply not do it justice: so many days and nights, lost in deep thought, flummoxed by my own contumelious behavior – to say nothing of what he must have thought! - which continued despite the fact that I never felt the same (indeed, quite the opposite); but in all my searching for the cause and the cure, all I ever found were mere nostrums I invented myself, with no real reason to believe they would ever be of any use to me. (by what_ever)


Undercover Medical Board deputy Slim Yaun had his heartbeat for watches and cliches rejuvenated at, of all places, the Fountain of You clinic, where eager patients (one a horology maven flashing a rococo tourbillon) flummoxed and scalped by the doctor’s puffery and ballyhoo, sat pontificating zealously on dubitable elixirs and nostrums, objurgating contumeliously anything Hippocrates, Pasteur, AMA or, heaven forbid, Harvard’s Brigham & Women’s, and defaulting blindly to the wonky placard over the shiny ElectronTwist Water purifier: What would Hahnemann do? (by docephesus)


The family heirloom, a valuable but increasingly erratic full hunter gold watch, was met with the utmost contumely by the horologist, who flummoxed me by declining to provide any valuation, instead urging purchase of his 1943 Panerai Mare Nostrum chronograph - a curious nostrum indeed, for he offered no part exchange, but was intent on demanding a hefty disposal fee. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Sunday, January 02, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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